Courtney Barnett Wins Late Night
  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2016

  • Posted by: Don Saas



Among fiction fandoms, there's a term that's often used called "head canon." It's what we believe in our heads to be true even if there's nothing in the text that confirms it (and often even if there's something in the text that actively contradicts this fact). Like, my head canon for Freaks & Geeks has Lindsay coming back from following the Grateful Dead around the country for the summer and realizing she's way too cool to hang out with the Freaks. But who says "head canon" has to just be for fiction. Monday night, Courtney Barnett lost Best New Artist at the Grammy's to Meghan Trainor (one of a few artists nominated in any category that evening that I'm willing to straight up say makes actively bad music). But, in my head canon, Courtney Barnett won that and Best Rock Album (which she wasn't even actually nominated for). Hey, a boy can dream right?

Ms. Barnett (who I had the chance to interview last year) stopped by Late Night With Stephen Colbert to play "Nobody Cares If You Don't Go To The Party" from last year's excellent Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit. And although Courtney Barnett might have lost at the Grammy's, she's still continuing to win our hearts with fiery rock performances like this. She's playing Coachella this summer, and you can bet your ass that I will be setting time aside in the desert to catch that set. Here's to hoping that she sounds half as good there as she does on Colbert.

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